Mum saves a fortune with epic Bunnings TV unit transformation

Sarah Carty
Features & Style Editor

A mum has shared the results of her incredible TV unit transformation, using mostly Bunnings items, which saved her a fortune. 

Kate Joel bought the dark wood unit from Facebook’s Marketplace last Friday night, spending $60 on the piece of weathered furniture. 

Kate Joel bought this TV unit from the Facebook Marketplace for $60. Photo: Supplied
She transformed it into this beautiful unit. Photo: Supplied

She spent two days upcycling it and the result is beautiful. Using just varnish, rattan and a sander Kate managed to save herself hundreds of dollars with her long weekend project 

“Why pay over $1,000 for a Rattan unit, when you can purchase a good quality timber piece on Marketplace and make your own,” she wrote on her Instagram page. 

The Sydney woman told Yahoo Lifestyle that she took a trip out to Cane and Wood Emporium in Milperra last Saturday morning, where they explained all the steps for attaching the rattan to the unit. 

She saved thousands with her makeover. Photo: Supplied

Then she took her sander from Bunnings and started sanding the unit, which took her a few hours until she got it back to its original timber. 

On Sunday morning, Kate applied a coat of Timber Protect One Coat Clear Gloss varnish, which she also purchased in Bunnings and pulled out the glass panels from the doors. 

She then took the rattan from Cane and Wood Emporium and stapled them to the back of the doors, making sure they were tight. The unit was in her living room by Sunday morning. 

Kate also painted these vases with terracotta paint. Photo: Supplied

As for the terracotta vases in the photos, Kate revamped them with terracotta paint.

She told Yahoo Lifestyle that she started upcycling items as an isolation hobby but has discovered that she really enjoys it. 

“I cannot wait to start my next piece and I’m always looking on Marketplace,” she said. 

After posting the results of the transformation to a few Facebook groups, people flooded the comments with praise for Kate. 

She removed the glass doors and replaced them with rattan. Photo: Supplied
People have applauded the mum for her epic transformation. Photo: Supplied

“Just shows what can be achieved if you really look at something in a new light. Amazing job! Looooveee it,” one person wrote. 

“Great work!! Top upcycling effort,” another person wrote. 

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